Funding from American Rescue Plan to expand internet access for 44,000 Pennsylvania homes and businesses
PA expected to receive at least a billion more in high-speed internet funding from infrastructure law in coming years
Gettysburg, PA – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) joined local, state, and Biden Administration officials to announce $200 million from the Capitol Projects Fund, established under the American Rescue Plan, to expand high-speed internet access for more than 44,000 homes and business throughout Pennsylvania, particularly in rural communities. Pennsylvania is expected to receive at least $1 billion more to expand affordable high-speed internet across the Commonwealth from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
“Too often, families, particularly those in our rural communities, are left at a disadvantage when it comes to high-speed internet access. This $200 million award from the American Rescue Plan will help level the playing field,” said Senator Casey. “I will continue working to expand high-speed internet in Pennsylvania to ensure families stay connected and small businesses stay competitive in an increasingly digital world.”
The American Rescue Plan provided $10 billion in funding to the U.S. Department of Treasury, of which Pennsylvania is receiving $279 million, for critical capital projects to provide high-quality modern infrastructure, including reliable, affordable broadband infrastructure. Together with the funding in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, these programs are helping to deploy high-speed internet to those without access, lower costs for those who cannot afford it, and ensure that businesses stay competitive by supporting one of the strongest and fastest economic recoveries in history.